Living as One with the Landscape

April 30, 2014

Buildings that are beautifully and uniquely designed are only made better when they tie in with their surroundings and bring out their individual landscapes. The following are four examples of buildings that become one with their environment and both bring out the brilliance in the other. Nature, nurture, design and intent all mesh into a space of alluring creativity.

The first building is an entryway to an underground mystery space. The building is the Jewel Cave Visitor Center at Yallingup, Australia. It winds through the trees for visitors to experience the environment before entering the underground caves. It is the invited second place entry selected to represent Australia at the Venice Biennial NEVER WAS – NOW IS 2014 exhibit.

The next building is also located in Australia. It is the Nannup Holiday House designed by Iredale Pederson Hook Architects and is a temporary getaway that follows the winding landscape of Nannup. This is a place to visit and a space to get lost from the interior walking surfaces to the surrounding forests.


Another international building where modern design and luxurious living merge together to form an inviting space within it’s natural surrounding is the La Vinya Residence in Spain. It a home designed to step into the landscape with water and other elements that tie the built and existing environments together. The concept for this home is ‘modern and luxur landscape’ by Lagula Architects.

The final of the four examples is a home that brings the creative designs to a national level. It is the Walfeboro Lakeside Manor built as a lakefront home in New England/New Hampshire. This house is called the home from fairy tales. The curves, the shapes and the materials of the residence tie into the rolling environment and traditional feeling of the place. TMS Architects did a remarkable job tying the home to the place it would call it’s home.

These four buildings are a very small sampling of what happens when great designs blend in with ultimate precision in what seems to be effortless ways with their surrounding landscapes.

Resources: Yahoo, All House Design, Freshhouse, Iredale Pederson Hook, and ArchDaily



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.